Students Learn About Bees-Up Close and Personal | Environment
Autumn brings fall leaves, crisp days, and among other things, a new harvest of apples. For Jewish families around the world, it also brings the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah signifies the beginning of the Jewish New Year and it is at this time that we ask G-d to inscribe us into the Book of Life for the coming year. Along with this, we traditionally enjoy apples and honey to signify our hope for a sweet New Year. Our Chabad Hebrew School students welcomed bee hobbyist Craig Clark from the non-profit Metro Atlanta Beekeeper’s Association to class this past weekend; after all, we would not have honey without bees! The Chabad Hebrew School program is an exciting and innovative educational program that brings families of all affiliations and backgrounds together in a comfortable and welcoming way. The school offers a warm and lively atmosphere where children can attain a unique and exciting awareness of their Jewish identity.
Mr. Clark had the students, ranging from kindergarten age through early teens, enthralled and in no time, their hands were raised with question after question. Although you could never tell, Clark’s visit to the Hebrew School was actually his first presentation to a group. Mr. Clark received certification from the University of Georgia as a "Certified Beekeeper" by completing their program at Young Harris College this summer, and passing all three of the examinations. He has been working with bees for 10 months and has four hives. Clark is working toward the "Journeyman Beekeeper" certification which takes two years. Public service talks are part of the requirements for this certification with its purpose being to raise public awareness to the importance of bees in our daily life. Clark brought with him-a hive with honeycomb(without the bees), a small jar of live bees, a smoker, beekeeper hat, gloves, honey and lots of other items. The students got to see the bees enjoy some honey and with a magnifying glass, could even see the bee tongues!
For more information about Chabad’s Hebrew School, Family Programs, Events, and more please visit www.JewishWoodstock.com and to learn more about bees or to arrange a speaker for your group, please visit www.metroatlantabeekeepers.org. Both of these organizations, while not affiliated with each other, are non-profits here to serve the community and both are supported in part or whole by donations.